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CWA Gold Dagger Winner 2010.

CWA Judges’ comments: 'A boy tries to lay to rest the ghost of a murdered uncle, leading to a chilling confrontation with a child killer in this disturbing coming-of-age novel.'

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Featured on The TV Book Club on More4 on 24 January 2010.

There is an echo of the Moors Murders of the 1960’s in this story line which adds an extra element of eeriness to this suspense filled thriller. Creepy and gripping this is an excellent debut that bodes well for future novels.

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Blacklands by Belinda Bauer

Twelve-year-old Steven Lamb digs holes on Exmoor, hoping to find a body. Every day after school, while his classmates swap football stickers, Steven goes digging to lay to rest the ghost of the uncle he never knew, who disappeared aged eleven and is assumed to have fallen victim to the notorious serial killer Arnold Avery. Only Steven's Nan is not convinced her son is dead.

She still waits for him to come home, standing bitter guard at the front window while her family fragments around her. Steven is determined to heal the widening cracks between them before it's too late. And if that means presenting his grandmother with the bones of her murdered son, he'll do it.

So the boy takes the next logical step, carefully crafting a letter to Arnold Avery in prison. And there begins a dangerous cat-and-mouse game between a desperate child and a bored serial killer. A game that will have more terrifying consequences than Steven could ever imagine...

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Extraordinarily powerful and provocative... will leave you breathless * Daily Mirror * An excellent first novel, with a highly original plot * The Times * A very special debut thriller, and a clear-eyed depiction of ordinary people under extraordinary stress. This is something quite new -- ANN CLEEVES, bestselling author of the Vera and Shetland novels A psychological tour-de-force about the cruelty of hope and, ultimately, the triumph of innocence * Guardian * The reader is fully gripped... Bauer's first novel shows an extraordinary power of imagination and, vital in crime fiction, the ability to create fear and empathy in the reader * Independent *

About the Author

Belinda Bauer

Belinda Bauer grew up in England and South Africa and now lives in Wales. She worked as a journalist and a screenwriter before finally writing a book to appease her nagging mother. With her debut, Blacklands, Belinda was awarded the CWA Gold Dagger for Crime Novel of the Year. She went on to win the CWA Dagger in the Library for her body of work in 2013. Her fourth novel Rubbernecker was voted 2014 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. Her books have been translated into 21 languages.

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2nd January 2010


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Corgi Books an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd


368 pages


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